“NWC Construction Donates Home Construction for Severely Injured Veteran – Build Brigade Ceremony and Construction Commencement September 16, 2011”
On Friday, September 16 at 8:30 a.m., NWC Construction will begin no-cost construction of a specially adapted green home for Army SPC Luis Puertas, who was left a double amputee after an Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP) explosion in Baghdad, Iraq, on September 20, 2006.
SPC Puertas was the driver of the lead HUMVEE on a daily patrol near Sadar City when an unseen EFP launched into the vehicle, amputating both of his legs on impact, leaving him trapped beneath the 400-pound up-armored door of the HUMVEE. Miraculously, his team extricated him from the wreckage and he was airlifted to a local hospital and then to Landstuhl, Germany, before finally arriving at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he spent 14 months enduring surgeries and rehabilitation. Since then, Puertas has been renting a house that is not wheelchair accessible and is unequipped with any rails or ramps, making daily tasks like cooking or going in and out of the bathroom extremely difficult.
When the non-profit organization Homes for Our Troops reached out to Orlando area home builders, NWC Construction answered the call and agreed to donate 100% of its construction services for the Puertas home.
“The sacrifices SPC Puertas has made to protect our freedom are insurmountable, and I am simply honored to contribute my services to Homes for Our Troops and help build him a comfortable home at no cost,” said NWC president Nathan Cross.
The home, located on Robert’s Island Road in Orlando, will not only be ADA certified, but is also slated to receive Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) Platinum Level certification, the highest certification offered by the organization. Its many features will maximize indoor air quality, allow for unparalleled water conservation, and achieve incredible energy efficiency. It will cost an estimated $94.42 per month to power the 3,076 sq.ft home (2,131 under air). In addition to NWC's generous contribution, the majority of the home will be constructed from materials and labor donated by members of the homebuilding industry.
Join NWC Construction, Homes for Our Troops, and SPC Puertas for the Build Brigade Ceremony and ceremonial wall raising on Friday, September 16, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. at the homesite – 12841 Roberts Island Road, Orlando, FL. A large portion of the construction will be completed during this celebratory Build Brigade weekend and the home is slated to be move-in ready in less than sixty days.